Evan Burfield, 1776 awards the 2015 inGENuitY pitch contest award to Heartful.ly founder and chief executive Kate Glantz.
A permanent resident of the U.S., she cofounded and is CEO of S&R Foundation, a nonprofit in Washington D.C. that supports talented individual in the arts, sciences and social entrepreneurship.
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The D.C.-based S&R Foundation’s anchor program, the Halcyon Incubator, has unveiled its fourth cohort of fellows — entrepreneurs setting out to solve 21st century challenges with innovative projects focused on measurable social change.
On Thursday, social entrepreneurship startup hub, the Halcyon Incubator, announced its newest class of companies to join the program. The incubator, which doubles as a home to the startup founders it mentors, is owned by the non-profit S&R foundation and occupies a renovated, historic mansion property with a view of the Potomac River in Georgetown, D.C.
Of the startups who have completed part one of Washington, D.C.-based The Halcyon Incubator's three part program, 93 percent have subsequently received funding from private investors, Halcyon program manager Ryan Ross tells DC Inno. That frequency of investment for incubator alumni represents an abnormally high and equally impressive mark that, Ross said, is a testament to the "rockstar founders" and promising "market indications" they have already seen.
Sachiko Kuno is a scientist, businesswoman and philanthropist. In all three, she supports excellence and innovation.
Diana Sierra was interning for the United Nations in Uganda when she realized there was a big reason local girls were skipping school: They had their periods.
Many of them lacked access to sanitary pads, which were expensive and hard to come by. So Sierra fashioned a leakproof, reusable pad using easy-to-find materials.
Looming over a row of brick townhouses in a historic neighborhood on the west-end of Georgetown sits Halcyon House, a social entrepreneurship incubator that’s currently grooming its second cohort of eight startups. The incubator, which doubles as a home to the startup founders it mentors, is owned by the non-profit S&R foundation and occupies a renovated mansion property with a view of the Potomac River.
In the heart of Georgetown, the next great thinkers in social entrepreneurship are at work on innovative solutions to sustainability, health, social justice, language and literacy, to name just a few pressing global challenges. And they’re all working, eating, breathing and sleeping under the same roof — and a pretty nice roof at that.